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Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla Beo 2021

Monday 26th to Friday 30th July

Scoil Acla will once again go virtual in Summer 2021

What we do…

Scoil Acla as an organisation promotes traditional arts and supports artists throughout the year on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. The highlight of the year is our Annual Summer School which takes place for a week in July and attracts hundreds of students, tutors and artists to Achill. The very first Summer School was established 1910, and the event has been run by our voluntary committee every year since its relaunch in 1985 – up to 2020.

Tours &

Are you a tour group, school or college? Would you like to learn all about Irish Traditional music in a fun and relaxed setting in one of the most beautiful places on earth? – Scoil Acla has you covered! We have given lectures on local history, our musical culture and how musical instruments are made!

Why not Contact us to enquire today!?

Music Classes

Our local classes run right through Autumn, Winter and into Spring! At Scoil Acla, we believe in the proverb “MĂłl an Ă“ige agus tĂ­ochfaigh siad”. We are proud to have taught hundreds of locals over the years on a variety of different instruments from the Tin whistle, to the concertina, guitar and Accordion – open to adults & children!


Our annual summer school is undoubtedly the highlight of the year for Scoil Acla. Learn from some of Ireland’s top musicians, take part in a session, learn some art, a bit of Gaeilge or attend one of the many concerts and recitals! There’s something for everyone! – All whilst enjoying the splendour of Achill Island!

A Branch of

Scoil Acla (CCÉ) is a proud branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.

We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world.

Students taught
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Our vice-chair Cian McNamara caught up recently with fellow Scoil Acla tutor Paul Clesham to play a few tunes with the idyllic Minaun Cliffs as a backdrop! Enjoy!

We're looking forward to launching our summer school 2021 programme shortly - stay tuned on Social Media or sign up to our mailing list at

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Coiste Scoil Acla CCÉ has announced that their annual summer school Summer School will once again go virtual for 2021.

Sincere thank you to our funding agencies & partner organisations